Monday, August 13, 2018






The air is steamy.  I drift along in it, feeling content.  Doc tells me he can tell how humid it is by the state and size of my hair, which at the moment is tall and fluffy.  He called me a humometer, which is accurate, and which made me laugh.  It is mighty sultry around here.  The fruits of summer are ripening all at once, and everything feels so abundant; the blackberries are as big as a baby’s fist.   We stop at every roadside stand, buying tomatoes from this guy, corn from that guy, peaches from everybody.  I can hardly eat them fast enough.  Sometimes I just throw it all in the blender together and drink it for breakfast, lunch and dinner; a tall, sweating, quart-size canning jar full of blended fruit, with a huge handful of spinach thrown in just to make me feel virtuous.

Inside the house, if you squint, everything looks orderly, but there is a slippery scrim of dog hair on every single surface, and the wet heat of the air has made my beautiful antique kitchen rug become unpleasantly fragrant.  I threw it onto the driveway yesterday and scrubbed it with hot water and soap, and then rinsed and rinsed and rinsed it until the suds stopped coming out, but I think it just got worse, because it reeks now like you wouldn’t believe and I can’t even stand to have it in the house.   It smells like a thousand bare feet and ten thousand snoring old dogs.  It smells like two hundred years’ worth of life, which is probably just about right.  More scrubbing needed, but now it looks like rain.

I want to show you my latest finished sweater.  This is “Lovable” designed by Sylvia McFadden, knit in some very lovable yarn.  The tag says “100% British Mixed Wools from Knockando Woolmill” in the natural Dark Grey color, yarn that was carded and spun on Victorian machinery in rural Scotland.  I know!!!  All those words are the best words ever!  I just want to run around in circles, leaping with joy.  This treasured yarn was given to me by my friend Erin, who carried it all the way from Edinburgh in her suitcase, and then, when destashing, thought of me. There will be more sweaters to come from Erin’s destash yarn, and I can hardly wait.  Lovable, indeed.  I wore it this morning, for awhile.  I’ve been hearing the geese on the move already, and I sense a change in the air.  Soon, the berries and peaches will be gone, and there will be apples and pears, and those are just as good.  It’s time to get out the wooly yarns, I think.

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  1. Rug idea - let it dry well then sprinkle it with baking soda, let it set a while then vacuum well?

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    1. Yes, I've been trying that. The stench of this thing is powerful! :)

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  2. sounds like you cleaned it well. When it completely dries - completely - it won't smell.
    You won't believe it till it happens.

    I am your opposite. I go outside, water everything that requires it then happily go inside with my knitting and crochet and air conditioning.

    Ugh - August.

    Debra

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    1. This rug, ugh. It has been scrubbed, deodorized, steam cleaned (twice), deodorized again, sprayed with Lysol, and deodorized again. I wish it didn't look so good. :D

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  3. Hi sweet Catdog. I see the humidity makes your ears stand up too. This is a beautiful sweater. It has an admirable vintage look. It could be from the 1940s or even the 80s. How could you not love that wool with its fascinating history? I would want to visit that Scottish mill asap.

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  4. That is a stunning sweater. It fits you perfectly. I wonder if some hot, hot sun would bake out the odors of that rug? The wool from Scotland sounds divine. You made such a majestic use of it.

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    1. I did do that, and it helped, but not all the way. Emptied a can of Lysol onto it yesterday, in desperation.

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  5. Love the sweater so much! And the description of where the yarn came from, all so wonderful. Maybe the rain will clean your rug? haha

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    1. That's just about the only thing I haven't tried! Rain does wash most things clean. :)

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  6. OMG! GORGEOUS!
    love the patterning of the lace!
    sounds like it would be so silky to wear too
    thanx for sharing

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    1. It is sort of perfect, isn't it? xoxo

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  7. That sweater is really gorgeous, as is Catdog. Those eyes - she does look slightly worried though, maybe the smell of the rug! I have one just like it but after two or three sessions with a carpet cleaner and a day in the sun, it's almost bearable.

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    1. Yes, "almost bearable" is just about where we're at with this thing.

      I love that you noticed this about Catdog--when I took that photo, she was FIXATING on the (dark, empty) corner right behind my chair. Right spooky, I'll tell you what. :D

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  8. I’m visiting my new granddaughter in Gloucester, UK and have left my new home in NE Scotland, not very far from Knockando woollen mill. Made me smile to read about your love of their yarn.

    You say it Kno-can-doe not Knock-and-doo. They like to get it right up there ;)

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    1. When I get to the mill (I will, someday!) I'll be able to pronounce it with confidence! Congratulations on your new granddaughter! xoxo

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  9. I also knitted a lovable sweater in dark grey. Yours is lovely!

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  10. I also knitted the lovable sweater in dark grey. Yours is lovely, and certainly lovable!

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    1. Oooh, nice! The contrast between the lacy patterning and the scruffy-ish gray wool is pretty compelling, right? xoxo

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  11. Hi Kristen! I think this sweater must be my favorite! All of your work is so beautiful, however something about this one is just really stunning. This dog of yours is absolutely adorable 💓. No doubt he keeps you great company.

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    1. Thank you so much, Brenda! When the cooler days come, I will be ready. xoxo

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  12. Hello,
    This sweater is so beautiful that I decided on the spot to make one for me. Hélas, I went to ravelry to buy it et it seems that it is not possible to buy it when you are not living in the USA ( or Canada ?). Or maybe did I not understand something ? I know it is not your responsability et I am sorry to bother you. But if you had some inkling ? I feel so frustrated !
    I take advantage of this to thank you for your posts, which I always read with pleasure ( and envy !) from France. I live the catdog very much...
    Have a nice day
    Léonie

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  13. I LIKE the catdog...

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